However his remarkable achievement remains “The Dick Van Dyke Show”, the groundbreaking comedy series that has starred many dozens of Amy Renner, and thanks to remodeling and sometimes special and rewinds, it never seems to disappear.
Drawing on Rainer’s experiences with Caesar, Van Dyck played the role of Rob Petrie, the lead author of Brady’s comedy show. Stories swung between Robb’s life at work and at home, as she found comic gold in both places.
“I made my hand like a claw like in the machines in a carnival that brought candy out of things, I went across the room, I went to her head, grabbed her top and said, Come on with Reiner reminding me of a Conan O’Brien show several years ago. Then he marched into the hall to the producer Sheldon Leonard, saying: “I found her!”
She followed more than 150 episodes, including a number of unforgettable classics. Achievements included Rob convincing himself that they had brought the wrong child home from the hospital, and Laura unwisely announced to the world that Brady was wearing a wig, and the couple’s son, Richie, discovered the origins of his unusual middle name, Rosebud.
Rainer said he consciously avoided topical references in writing the show, one of the reasons why it proved immortal. In a 2003 interview, he indicated a sixth season production was back on although he was offered a lot of money to continue. “We knew we were beginning to repeat ourselves, and when you get there, it’s time to stop,” he said.
On this scale, Rainer spent his life making everyone a little fuller.